Final 2023 Pac-12 football power rankings

It’s only appropriate that the all-but-deceased Pac-12 will have a representative in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. While preseason favorite USC disappointed, the conference still enjoyed an impressive season that could culminate in Washington winning it all on Monday night.

The Pac-12 owned several of the country’s top quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy finalists Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr., and we also saw big years from defensive stars Laiatu Latu, Jonah Elliss and Travis Hunter. Eight of the conference’s 12 teams played in a bowl game, too.

Although Washington’s season isn’t over yet, we’ve seen more than enough to release our final 2023 Pac-12 football power rankings:

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Final record: 3-9 (2-7 Pac-12)

Although they had impressive wins over UCLA and Washington State, the Sun Devils’ four losses of 29 or more points have me convinced that Arizona State is the proper pick for 12th.


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Final record: 3-9 (2-7)

Stanford was probably better than most people had expected. In addition to stunning Colorado, the Cardinal also beat Washington State and Hawaii.


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Final record: 4-12 (1-8)

Deion Sanders’ CU Buffs were the talk of college football early this season as they started 3-0. Unfortunately for Colorado, injuries and issues on the offensive line contributed to a six-game losing streak to end things.

Washington State

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Final record: 5-7 (2-7)

Losses to Arizona State, Stanford and Cal have me putting the Cougars at No. 8, although their 56-14 clobbering of Colorado was certainly impressive.

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Final record: 6-7 (4-5)

Cal was one of the Pac-12’s better surprises this season. The Golden Bears won their final three regular season…


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